Let’s see umm, water was ONLY seen in the basement here, along the floor–wall joint
The water FIRST got into the block wall HERE, through cracked exterior parging (there were multiple exterior cracks)
Here’s what the driveway slabs looked like, ummm they were pitched away, they were mudjacked… that cost $$$ and didn’t solve a damn thing
Here’s the exterior drain tiles
Why did the basement leak/seep along the cove, the floor-wall joint?
Duh umm, because there were exterior cracks and other openings that allowed water to get into the block wall.
If there were NO exterior cracks/openings then, as usual, the basement would not have leaked, regardless of the pitch of the driveways slabs, regardless of the condition of the exterior drain tiles.
NEXT leaky basement… here’s 2 photos of what the inside of basement looked like, where it leaked ONLY along the floor–wall joint and efflorescence/stains on some blocks
The water got into the block wall through these exterior cracks/openings
Through gaps etc like this
Had there NOT been any exterior cracks, gaps etc then this basement would not have leaked, regardless of the grade or if the downspout ext’s were only 3’ long, nope, sorry.
NEXT leaky basement
Water was ONLY seen at the very bottom of the basement wall/floor, the cover, the floor-wall joint, NOT the marijuana joint no. Plus, you can see some discolorment/stains on wall. This is the back–corner. Do you see any vertical-corner-crack on the inside block wall? Nope.
Next 2 photos are of the exterior back-corner, see the crack?
Another shot of the exterior crack in basement wall which was 1 of many exterior cracks which…ummm, was where and WHY the water got into the basement!
Here’s another crack, a horizontal crack which was also NOT visible if you were INSPECTING the house/wall inside the basement… that’s right, you would NOT see these crack, or exterior holes.
So just because a home inspector or city inspector or some fart-brain interior basement system dodo bird does NOT see any cracks in walls on the inside, NEVER means there aren’t 1++ exterior cracks in a basement wall.
Here’s a HOLE that was BELOW grade, in the chimney…so, how would raising and sloping the grade repair/waterproof this or any of the existing defects in all these photos? It wouldn’t, never does. Neither does extending downspout ext’s 8 miles long. Neither does mudjacking driveway slabs etc.
Don’t try and tell my azz that a home inspector fully and competently inspected a basement, a foundation, the walls, water intrusion, when most (not all), don’t. Fact is, most don’t know wtf to look for, what to really inspect etc, nope.
All most want to do, recommend is… raise the grade or extend downspouts 2 miles away or mudjack some slabs etc, that’s all bullshtt man, it’s all incompetent shtt, sorry but that’s the truth.
And I see some HI’s have said they’ve gone to court as an expert witness and prevailed (on this subject)… well, truth is, if you yapped in court about the same type of incompetent bulsshtt, you got lucky, 5 times or 5,000 times. Truth is, the OTHER SIDE didn’t have someone like my azz or John McEwen or a few others to show the judge the your wrong.